It’s only been a few weeks since students around the state returned back to school. And already, a number of school bus stop arm violation tickets have been issued. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is urging drivers to follow the law and obey school bus stop arms. If you don’t, State Patrol Lieutenant Brian Reu says it could be costly:

“In 2017 the fines increased to $500, it’s not a cheap citation to get, don’t wait for a ticket to change your behavior–put the distractions away.”

State law requires all vehicles to stop for school buses when the bus driver activates the flashing lights and has the crossing arm fully extended.